Law & Governance

Term limits and why they are beneficial

Following a round of elections, the elected president can rule until the end of their term, which is usually four to seven years long in Sub-Saharan Africa. Having term limits refers to limiting how many times a person can serve as president. This policy has been beneficial to many countries

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How can youth voter registration be encouraged?

In Sub-Saharan Africa, the youth population (defined as those between 18-24) represents a larger than average proportion of the population. In the continent as a whole, Africa has 200 million people in this age category. It is the only region in the world where the youth population is actively increasing

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Presidential polls: what is a two-round system?

As of November 2018, six presidential elections have taken place in Africa. Of these, only one (Cameroon) elected its president by First-Past-the-Post, a simple system where the candidate with the most votes is elected. The other five (Sierra Leone, Egypt, Mali, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar) have all used a system that

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Region or nation? The future of Somaliland

Depending on who you ask, three and a half million people in the Horn of Africa inhabit either a state yet to gain international recognition, or a rebellious region of Somalia. Somaliland declared its independence in May 1991 and has been operating de facto autonomously since. As the shadow of

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Life after prison in South Africa

Life after prison is often very difficult. In prison, it is common to feel a loss of freedom and routine and lack of personal safety. When released, a former inmate is expected to work and provide for themselves and their family. Yet social stigma, unemployment, and poverty mean that people

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WHAT IS SOCIAL HELP AND WHO CAN IT HELP?

A social welfare system is a system that provides assistance to individuals and families that are facing economic hardship. The assistance comes in different forms, and can provide many benefits to society as a whole in the short term and long term. DIFFERENT FORMS OF WELFARE There are many welfare

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Why does the law exist?

The law exists to protect us and ensure our rights. If you do not follow the law, it is possible that these are removed. Many countries around the world have prisons. Often, if you do not follow the law a judge will send you to prison. There are a few

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